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What Religion is John Mayer?

Does John Mayer have a religion? What religion is he?  Jewish? Christian? Atheist?  By simply listening to his music it’s apparent that he is a religion but you can clearly see that John Mayer is definitely searching for God, whether he openly would say that or not.

I’ve been an avid fan of John since Room for Squares.  Even “Inside Wants Out” is a great album.  His unreleased stuff “Sucker”, “Breakaway”, “Why Did You Mess With Forever”,  “Taking On Water”….yes, I’m pretty much a fangirl.  But over the years, I’ve noticed something a little intriguing about his music.

If you really take apart his lyrics album to album, you will find a few themes that keep surfacing over and over again:

Heart Wrenching Break Ups
(Victoria, Split Screen Sadness, Slow Dancing in a Burning Room, Heartbreak Warfare, Badge and Gun)

Wanting to go back and do things over, be a kid, or stop time
(1983, If I Ever Get Around to Living, stop this train)

Wanting to be with someone you’re not with whether an ex or someone else’s lover
(Dear Marie, Something Like Olivia Still Feel Like Your Man, You’re Gonna Live Forever in Me,  Dreaming with a Broken Heart)

Song enticing a woman but admitting he wont commit –
(Half of My Heart, Tracing, I Don’t Trust Myself With Loving You)

Saying things he shouldn’t have said
(My Stupid Mouth, Come Back to Bed)

What central theme is underlying in almost all of these things?

Lust, remorse, longing, repeat.  It would seem like John Mayer is pretty wise. He has  enough awareness to realize the futility of the material life and his introspective thinking won’t allow him to truly believe we are in a “what you see is what you get” type of existence.  Just listen to his lyrics…John is definitely open to the idea of something more…

Is there a God
Why is he waiting
Don’t you think of it odd
That he knows my address
“New Deep” – Heavier Things

And he usually is pretty fair at taking a look at himself and seeing the dark recesses of the human heart…including the nonsensical destruction of fantasizing of giving in to temptation when you’re in a perfectly happy relationship:

Oh, I never know what makes this man
Take all the love that his heart can stand
And dream of ways to throw it all away
“Gravity” – Continuum

And he’s open to admit it seems like these problems are unshakably a result of our own blood filled hearts.  This songs seems to be his most honest look at the human heart and it’s mechanisms of self destruction.

I can feel the love I want
I can feel the love I need
but it’s never gonna come the way I am
Could I change it if I wanted, can I rise above the flood?
Will it wash out in the water, or is it always in the blood?
“In the Blood” – The Search for Everything

But he also seems to be searching for that something extra in all the wrong places….women, alcohol, fame and ironically his own success in the music world seem like the big obstacles in his hunt for truth.  John does seem to be closing in on really asking the right questions in the title of his album “The Search for Everything”, though.  Even though the songs within the album seem to tread through his familiar love and loss type ground, he seems to be drawing closer to conclusions to a truth that will set him free from the cycle.  I can only hope John finds that truth that his soul seems to be driving him to go after.

Friends….check
Money….check
A well slept….check
Opposite sex…check
Guitar….check
Microphone….check
Messages waiting on me when I come home….
Somethings missing….

Well, what’s missing, John?  What else would it be other than God?  What is missing from the life of an internationally touring, multi-talented, grammy winning, attractive, wealthy, successful man with a loving family, relationships with the beautiful women, adoring fans and a collection of watches and guitars that would make anyone jealous?  All his victories are material.  You can’t fill a spiritual void with something material, no matter how much material you have at your expense.  The only thing missing is God. And some part of him knows it.  But it’s hard to truly seek God when you’re rich and famous because it sometimes it means parting ways with those things in order to do it…

“It’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven”

I hope that John really truly finds what he’s looking for.  So what religion does this make him?  I wouldn’t say John Mayer has any religion but he by his words and thoughts he appears to be agnostic: open to the idea of God, not fully set on what that might mean but willing to explore and listen.

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Cool Acoustic Songs

 

So you’re combing the pages of google looking for “cool acoustic songs”?  Maybe guitar kitty can help.  In descending order from easiest to hardest, here are a few very cool acoustic songs that if you’re just hear to listen you can enjoy and if you’re hear to learn some guitar you can spend your time wisely with these acoustic classics. Tabs are included for those acoustic guitar players looking to learn some cool songs.

 

Good Riddance – Green Day

This is one of the most iconic acoustic guitar songs of the last 40 years and is a perfect song to be introduced to “fingerpicking” with. Billy Joe, the lead singer and guitarist of Green Day, actually messes up in the very beginning of this track…twice….and immediately drops a faint f-bomb if you listen closely. Hopefully the tab will help you out so you won’t be doing the same.

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Hey There Delilah – Plain White Ts

If you a guy and you like a girl named Delilah learning this song and playing it for her is almost a guarantee she will marry you. Play it well, friend.

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Sound of Silence – Paul Simon

If you learn “Hey There Delilah” you pretty much will have his fingerpicking pattern down. This song is dark, eerie and an American Classic that will win you points with middle aged people and older people if you find yourself at an open mic with an acoustic guitar. Disturbed (you know, that crazy band that sings “Down with the Sickness” …….oooooo WA AGH AGH AGH) recently did a remake of this and although I was very skeptical…..WOW it not disappoint.

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Iris – Goo Goo Dolls

The second you hear the 12 string and the mandolin pulsing together you may be want to start crying and tell Nicolas Cage that it’s ok he can stay on earth with you. (If you haven’t seen city of Angels, don’t worry I have lost my effing mind, that’s a movie reference…this song is basically the theme to it)

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I Will Follow You Into the Dark – Death Cab for Cutie

This is an absolutely heart wrenching song. “Fear not, person that I love, we are both going to die someday and if you are not escorted into heaven by angels, I will go with you into the dark abyss”. So it’s a little deeper than anything by Enrique Iglesias or Brittany Spears. It’s a love song for smart people and thankfully it’s not that hard to play.

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Blackbird – The Beatles

The fingerpicking pattern in this song inspired thousands of other songwriters to copy it. It’s simple, intriguing and one of the coolest acoustic guitar songs in the history of popular music.

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Fire and Rain – James Taylor

There are few people who are able to paint photographs in your mind with words as well as James Taylor. “Sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground” is one of the gorgeous lines in this fingerpicking classic. This song may make you miss a decade you weren’t even alive yet to see.

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Nick Drake – One of These Things First

We’re getting a little bit more tricky in difficulty but this song is an absolute beautiful one that I swore for years that was a release by some indie artist in the last five years….but NO, Nick Drake was writing hipster acoustic songs in the 70’s! He’s not even alive anymore…..NOOOOOO!!! Whahamuna?

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Neon – John Mayer

Alright, get your fingers ready….this one is NOT an easy one. This song is basically an into to funk slap bass. This funky acoustic tune was from John Mayer’s first major release in the early 2000’s. He’s singing about a girl he wants to be with but she seems preoccupied with getting drunk, or at least getting a buzz…..the way neon signs above the bars she goes into buzz. Hence the name “Neon”. This video may blow your mind a little, it is NOT easy to play and sing this one at the same time.

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Leyenda – Isaac Albeniz

Alright, you asked for it. I hope you’re ready for a full on acoustic masterpiece. This piece isn’t exactly pop, its a composition by a pianist that was very popularly turned into a classical guitar piece. This one is not for the faint of heart. Proceed with caution and enjoy!

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Thanks for hanging with me and I hope these songs are fun to listen to and if you’re a guitar player, fun to learn! Did I leave one out?  Please type it below in the comments.

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Adult Contemporary

 

Adult Contemporary

So what is Adult Contemporary? Is it Kenny G blowing fart noises into a tape recorder? Is it cheesy love ballads from the 80’s? Or maybe songs for old people? NO NO AND NO! Adult contemporary is basically pop music with more mature content. There isn’t much booty shaking, taking shots of patron or grotesque sexual ideas in adult contemporary music and for those of us who listen to it, that’s quite alright. It does tend to be aimed at an older demographic, but that’s because we’ve been there and done that with the bubble gum pop….we want a little bit more out of our music.

According to Wikipedia: Adult contemporary is rather a continuation of the easy listening and soft rock style that became popular in the 1960s and 1970s with some adjustments that reflect the evolution of pop/rock music.

So here are few examples to give you a better idea of the genre, a few well done songs I handpicked for you that might bring back a little nostalgia.

Gypsy – Suzanne Vega

“I wrote this song when I was 18 years old. I wrote this for a young man, it was my first summer romance and I knew that at the end of the summer he was going to go home to Liverpool and I would go home to New York City where I’m from. It seemed very tragic at the time so I wrote him this song as a gift and he, in turn, gave me his bandana.”

You come from far away
With pictures in your eyes
Of coffee shops and morning streets
In the blue and silent sunrise

But night is the cathedral
Where we recognized the sign
We strangers know each other now
As part of the whole design

Oh, hold me like a baby
That will not fall asleep
Curl me up inside you
And let me hear you through the heat, oh

You are the jester of this courtyard
With a smile like a girl’s
Distracted by the women
With the dimples and the curls

By the pretty and the mischievous
By the timid and the blessed
By the blowing skirts of ladies
Who promise to gather you to their breast

Oh, hold me like a baby
That will not fall asleep
Curl me up inside you
And let me hear you through the heat, oh

You have hands of raining water
And that earring in your ear
The wisdom on your face denies
The number of your years

With the fingers of the potter
And the laughing tale of the fool
The arranger of disorder
With your strange and simple rules

Yeah, now I’ve met me another spinner
Of strange and gauzy threads
With a long and slender body
And a bump upon the head

Oh, hold me like a baby
That will not fall asleep
Curl me up inside you
And let me hear you through the heat, oh

With a long and slender body
And the sweetest softest hands
And we’ll blow away forever soon
And go on to different lands

And please do not ever look for me
But with me you will stay
And you will hear yourself in song
Blowing by one day

But now, hold me like a baby
That will not fall asleep
Curl me up inside you
And let me hear you through the heat, oh

Copperline – James Taylor

“This is another song about home, about my father, about a childhood that was very peaceful, which is a rare thing today. I felt like I was part of a landscape in those days — the trees, the streams and the rivers, the animals that lived there.
Kim (his wife) and I are raising our kids in the countryside, but it is not the country life that I experienced. It’s connected, constantly connected. Sometimes I feel as though the little snippets of information that we’re always receiving are preparing us to have a hive mind. There may come a point where we basically have a communal mind, which is an exciting prospect.”

Even the old folks never knew
Why they call it like they do
I was wondering since the age of two
Down on copperline

Copper head, copper beech
Copper kettles sitting side by each
Copper coil, cup o’georgia peach
Down on copperline

Half a mile down to morgan creek
Leaning heavy on the end of the week
Hercules and a hog-nosed snake
Down on copperline
We were down on copperline

One summer night on the copperline
Slip away past supper time
Wood smoke and moonshine
Down on copperline

One time I saw my daddy dance
Watched him moving like a man in a trance
He brought it back from the war in france
Down onto copperline

Branch water and tomato wine
Creosote and turpentine
Sour mash and new moon shine
Down on copperline
Down on copperline

First kiss ever I took
Like a page from a romance book
The sky opened and the earth shook
Down on copperline
Down on copperline

Took a fall from a windy height
I only knew how to hold on tight
And pray for love enough to last all night
Down on copperline

Day breaks and the boys wakes up
And the dog barks and the birds sings
And the sap rises and the angels sigh, yeah
I tried to go back, as if I could
All spec house and plywood
Tore up and tore up good
Down on copperline
It doesn’t come as a surprise to me
It doesn’t touch my memory
Man I’m lifting up and rising free
Down on over copperline
Half a mile down to morgan creek
I’m only living for the end of the week
Hercules and a hog-nosed snake
Down on copperline, yeah
Take me down on copperline
Oh, down on copperline
Take me down on copperline

 

Billy Joel – The River of Dreams

Billy Joel, who identifies himself as an atheist, says that song is a very spiritual one.  He includes some biblical imagery, including the line, “Through the valley of fear,” which is a reference to Psalm 23:4 – “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.” Joel also says that the river is meant to be a religious image: “there’s baptizing in a river and you have to cross the river – people are getting dunked in the river and there’s rivers of blood.”

In the middle of the night
I go walking in my sleep
From the mountains of faith
To a river so deep
I must be looking for something
Something sacred I lost
But the river is wide
And it’s too hard to cross

And even though I know the river is wide
I walk down every evening and I stand on the shore
And try to cross to the opposite side
So I can finally find out what I’ve been looking for

In the middle of the night
I go walking in my sleep
Through the valley of fear
To a river so deep
And I’ve been searching for something
Taken out of my soul
Something I would never lose
Something somebody stole

I don’t know why I go walking at night
But now I’m tired and I don’t want to walk anymore
I hope it doesn’t take the rest of my life
Until I find what it is that I’ve been looking for

In the middle of the night
I go walking in my sleep
Through the jungle of doubt
To a river so deep
I know I’m searching for something
Something so undefined
That it can only be seen
By the eyes of the blind
In the middle of the night

I’m not sure about a life after this
God knows I’ve never been a spiritual man
Baptized by the fire, I wade into the river
That running to the promised land

In the middle of the night
I go walking in my sleep
Through the desert of truth
To the river so deep
We all end in the ocean
We all start in the streams
We’re all carried along
By the river of dreams
In the middle of the night

 

How Far is Heaven – Los Lonely Boys

When guitarist Henry Garza was 18, his newborn son died of S.I.D.S. (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). This song was about the pain he felt wanting to leave this world and go and see his son.

Vamanos!

Save me from this prison
Lord, help me get away
‘Cause only you can save me now
from this misery

I’ve been lost in my own place
and I’m getting’ weary
How far is heaven?
And I know that I need to change
my ways of livin’
How far is heaven?
Lord, can you tell me?

I’ve been locked up way too long
in this crazy world.
How far is heaven?
And I just keep on prayin’, Lord
And just keep on livin’.
How far is heaven?

Lord, can you tell me?
How far is heaven?
‘Cause I just got to know how far, yeah?
How far is heaven?
Lord, can you tell me?

[Spanish:]
Tú que estás en alto cielo,
Échame tu bendición
[English translation:
[You, who are in high heaven,
Send me down your blessing]

‘Cause I know there’s a better place
than this place I’m livin’.
How far is heaven?
And I just got to have some faith
And just keep on giving.
How far is heaven?
Yeah, Lord, can you tell me?
How far is heaven?
‘Cause I just gotta know how far, yeah?
How far is heaven?
Yeah, Lord, can you tell me?
how far is heaven?
‘Cause I just gotta know how far?
I just wanna know how far?

 

Kiss From a Rose – Seal

In 1988 Seal was living in a squat in London. He was enjoying his time since he was not yet pressured by labels and record deals. He had no idea how to play any instruments so he sang the the instrumental into a 4-track recorder and then forgot about it. When he was recording his 1991 debut, he didn’t even consider using it until a few years later, after his friend Lynne Franks heard another album of his in progress and told his producer, Trevor Horn, she “liked that song that was something about a rose”

There used to be a graying tower alone on the sea,
You became the light on the dark side of me.
Love remained a drug that’s the high and not the pill.

But did you know that when it snows,
My eyes become large and the light that you shine can be seen?

Baby, I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the gray,
Ooh, the more I get of you, the stranger it feels, yeah.
And now that your rose is in bloom,
A light hits the gloom on the gray.

There is so much a man can tell you, so much he can say,
You remain my power, my pleasure, my pain, baby.
To me you’re like a growing addiction that I can’t deny,
Won’t you tell me, is that healthy, baby?

But did you know that when it snows,
My eyes become large and the light that you shine can be seen?

Baby, I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the gray,
Ooh, the more I get of you, the stranger it feels, yeah.
Now that your rose is in bloom,
A light hits the gloom on the gray.

I’ve been kissed by a rose on the gray.
I’ve been kissed by a rose on the gray.
I’ve been kissed by a rose on the gray.
And if I should fall, would it all go away?
I’ve been kissed by a rose on the gray.

There is so much a man can tell you, so much he can say,
You remain my power, my pleasure, my pain, baby.
To me you’re like a growing addiction that I can’t deny,
Won’t you tell me, is that healthy, baby?

But did you know that when it snows,
My eyes become large and the light that you shine can be seen?
Baby, I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the gray,
Ooh, the more I get of you, the stranger it feels, yeah.
Now that your rose is in bloom,
A light hits the gloom on the gray.

 

 

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The Search for Everything “Wave One” Album Review

 

 

The Search for Everything “Wave One” Review

So is John Mayer’s The Search for Everything “Wave One” EP any good?  Why only four songs?
Well, John Mayer is being smart about his release, knowing how rapidly changing the attention span of people are, so he’s making his release a several part process, kind of like cliff-hangers on a TV series. Mayer has promised us a huge blast of music in 2017 and this is the first wave. Die hard Mayer fan are going to hear John pay homage to different ages of his sonic evolution; dipping into sounds from Heavier Things, Continuum, Born and Raise, Paradise Valley and give us some completely new colors to digest.

Musically, he’s done a fine job balancing what we’re all expecting, what the label is demanding, and where his inner artist wants to go. Lyrically, he seems to hold back until the end of the EP but finally gives us the true reflective songwriter genius we have come to expect from him in “You’re Gonna Live Forever in Me”, which is the pinnacle of the EP. John may risk being trite in “Love on the Weekend” but you somehow just forgive him the more you listen because of the way he’s able to deliver his lines.

Die Hard Mayer fans, expect to go on another emotional ride through relationship, philosophy, life, love and the ever-familiar nostalgia that John is able to craft effortlessly and somehow deliver it uniquely each time.

Moving on and Getting Over

What does it sound like? Groovy, Spacey, Soulful
Who does it feel like? Justin Timberlake, Marvin Gaye, D’Angelo

Ok, so if a choir of angles wrote the McDonald’s jingle, it might be like the hook of the this song…..bada ba ba baaaaaa……and that’s not a bad thing. John captures neo-soul, modern soul, contemporary R&B and it’s pretty thick with his tasty bluesy guitar riffs. The groove indicates that John dabbled with some electronics, possibly the drum machine he was playing with when he made an appearance at Berklee College of Music circa 2008. The hook’s meandering feel helps color the lyric. Anyone who was missing that funky side of John that we haven’t really got to hear since Continuum can rejoice because it’s back.

Lyrically, there’s nothing ground breaking. It walks in stride with John’s favorite theme: date a girl, break up, always want her to reserve a special place in your heart so you never have to conclusively let her go, even if she’s with someone else. The songwriter in you may want a little more, but musically it’s all there. Quick note – John’s falsetto is back – giggety. So all you douche nozzle’s on youtube who were smirking-ly spouting “he’s never gonna sound the same again” you can pull your lip over your head and swallow.

 

Moving on and getting over
Are not the same, it seems to me
Cause you’ve been gone, I’m growing older
But I still can’t seem to get you off my mind
And I do believe I feel you all the time

Moving on and getting over
Are not the friends they used to be
It’s been so long since I got to hold you
But I still can’t seem to get you off my mind
And I do believe I feel you all the time, all the time

Tell me I can have the fact you’ve loved me to hold onto
Tell me I can keep the door cracked open, to let light through
For all my running, I can understand
I’m one text away from being back again
But I’m moving on and I’m getting over
I’m-a getting over, I’m getting over
I got to get over

Moving on and getting over
It’s been so long; it just goes to show you
That I still can’t seem to get you off my mind
And I sure would like to see you one more time, one more time, baby

It’s taken me so long just to say “so long”
Maybe it’s all wrong, but I’m moving on
I’m gonna get a new girl, it’s something I can do, girl
To try to get me through, girl
Cause I’m moving on
I’m moving on
And I’m moving on
I’m moving on
And I’m moving on
Consider me as good as gone
Cause I’m moving on

 

Changing

What does it sound like? Swaying, Reflective, Old-Timey
Who does it feel like? Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, Irish Drinking Songs

Can you hear it? A crowd of friends gathered around the bar at the end of the night, rocking back and forth, clanging their glasses, beer sloshing, as a few thousand people ride around in their cars singing the same tune. Move over Chumbabumba, let the bar have a good song now. This song carries the “Piano Man” 6/8 limmerick feel with Bob Dylan style thought process.

The dorian drenched solo in “Changing” definitely seems like his recent tour with “Dead and Co.” left some of the 70’s hallucinogenic spirit residue on him and gave him the ability to instantly transcend from the world of songwriter to the world of jam band without it sounding jaunty or unrelated.

I am not done changing
Out on the run, changing
I may be old and I may be young
But I am not done changing
I met me someone changing
We had some fun changing
Sometimes I wonder if she’ll be the one
When I am done changing

Some of us stopped running
Some of us went home
Some of us don’t got one
So we’ll build one of our own
Friends behind their fences
Looking at me strange
Wondering when I’m gonna come to my senses
But I’m still changing
And I can’t change my ways

I see the sky changing
Reminds me of my changing
Wish I could tie me a rope ’round the sun
‘Cause I am not done changing
Time’s been talkin’ to me
Whispering in my ear
Saying “Follow your heart
‘Til it tears you apart”
But hearts keep changing
Hearts keep changing
Hearts keep changing
Hearts keep changing
Hearts keep on changing
Hearts keep changing
Hearts keep changing
Hearts keep…

I am not done changing
Out on the run, changing
I may be old and I may be young
But I am not done changing
Changing
Changing
Changing
Changing

Love on the Weekend

What does it sound like? Atmospheric, Lush, Anticipating
Who does it feel like? Bruce Springsteen, Norah Jones, Eric Church

This song wasn’t my favorite when I first heard it. It seemed to tread too close to the “bro country” garbage that has literally swept the nation for the last five years with content about “weekends” and “seeing your face” and oversimplified ideas that just don’t need to be sung about ever again, since there are already enough songs with that type of content to plug a black hole. I felt so disheartened to hear that John had sold his soul to tap into the market, but upon a second listen it seems to create a different space and bring a bit of that ethereal yearning that he’s so good at channeling. Ok, John, well played.

It’s a Friday, we finally made it
I can’t believe I get to see your face
You’ve been working and I’ve been waiting
To pick you up and take you from this place

Love on the weekend, love on the weekend
Like only we can, like only we can
Love on the weekend, love on the weekend
I’m coming up and I’m loving every minute of it

You be the DJ, I’ll be the driver
You put your feet up in the getaway car
I’m flying fast like a, a wanted man
I want you, baby, like you can’t understand

Love on the weekend, love on the weekend
We found a message in a bottle we were drinking
Love on the weekend, love on the weekend
I hate your guts ’cause I’m loving every minute of it

Oh oh oh
I gotta leave ya, it’s gonna hurt me
My clothes are dirty and my friends are getting worried
Down there below us, under the clouds
Baby, take my hand and pull me down, down, down, down

And I’ll be dreamin’ of the next time we can go
Into another serotonin overflow
Love on the weekend, love on the weekend
I’m busted up but I’m loving every minute of it

Love on the weekend
Love on the weekend
I’m looking for a little love I’m looking for a little love, oh yeah
Love on the weekend
Love on the weekend
Love on the weekend

You’re Gonna Life forever in Me
What does it sound like: Sparse, melancholic, stoic
Who does it feel like: Randy Newman, Frank Sinatra, George Gershwin

The second you hear the whistling you know you’re going to pine over exes, long for something you can’t even describe and go on an emotional ride to wherever John decided to steer. You might understand the song immediately but be unsure of whom it’s addressing and who’s narrating. Is it about God? Is it from the perspective of God? Is it about the universe? Life? What?
Until you hear this:

“And when the pastor rises the pews
From reasons he can’t marry you
I’ll keep my word and my seat”

Ever been at a wedding and smiled as you watched the bride and groom knowing that person used to be your lover and now seeing your “what if?” be concretized into a “maybe in another life” right before your eyes? There aren’t many better ways to say it than in this song.

A great big bang and dinosaurs
Fiery raining meteors
It all ends unfortunately

But you’re gonna live forever in me
I’ll guarantee, just wait and see

Parts of me were made by you
And planets keep their distance too
The moon’s got a grip on the sea

And you’re gonna live forever in me
I guarantee, it’s your destiny

Life is full of sweet mistakes
And love’s an honest one to make
Time leaves no fruit on the tree

But you’re gonna live forever in me
I guarantee, it’s just meant to be

And when the pastor rises the pews
From reasons he can’t marry you
I’ll keep my word and my seat

But you’re gonna live forever in me
I’ll guarantee, just wait and see

Overall, John’s done yet another great job at balancing artistic integrity with commercial viability. As a lifelong fan I was very happy. As a critic I was happy. Guitarists, songwriters, music lovers and people new to John’s music can all celebrate Wave One as a new space that’s oddly familiar as we stand on the shore and anxiously await the next wave.

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The Most Emotional Songs

Do you love emotional songs that just make you almost tear up right in the middle of them? Maybe it’s a certain lyric that get’s to you, or a vocal melody, or a chord? Maybe the song reminds you of someone you miss dearly, or a time in your life you want to go back to. Whatever the reason, if you’re a fan of songs that just pour with emotion, here’s a list of some of the most emotion packed songs.

I included lyrics to each one of these songs because you can really get deep into the emotion of the song when you know what the singer is saying and you don’t have to work to try and figure it out. I want you to just sit back and listen to each one of these and let them hit you. If you’re a fan of singer/songwriters, acoustic music, and music that just goes right to your heart, this short list will give you a good half an hour of some of the most emotional songs that you’ll ever hear.

 

Gary Jules – Mad World

Gary Jules was relatively unknown until this absolutely haunting version of the classic Tears for Fears song. This song was featured on the other-worldly soundtrack from “Donnie Darko”.

All around me are familiar faces
Worn out places, worn out faces
Bright and early for the daily races
Going nowhere, going nowhere
Their tears are filling up their glasses
No expression, no expression
Hide my head I wanna drown my sorrow
No tomorrow, no tomorrow
And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had
I find it hard to tell you,
I find it hard to take
When people run in circles it’s a very, very
Mad world, mad world
Children waiting for the day they feel good
Happy birthday, happy birthday
And to feel the way that every child should
Sit and listen, sit and listen
Went to school and I was very nervous
No one knew me, no one knew me
Hello teacher tell me, what’s my lesson?
Look right through me, look right through me
And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had
I find it hard to tell you,
I find it hard to take
When people run in circles it’s a very, very
Mad world, mad world, enlarging your world, mad world

 

Martin Sexton – In The Journey

Martin Sexton has the voice of an angel….or a trumpet….or an angel trumpet. He his a completely distinct falsetto that is just one of the most beautiful noise makers on this earth and you can hear him use showcase his amazing upper register on the second verse of this song and hear his angelic falsetto towards the end. Martin has seen some dark days and you can hear his triumphant victories over those days in his singing.

Met an old friend last night, had a cup of coffee
We talked about all the things that had been going on
We talked about the old days, we talked about the new days
We talked just about anything but what was really going on

After ten long minutes that slowly passed us by
The tension in the air I could cut it with a knife
Staring out the window and gazing at the menu
Suddenly he called my name and he looked me in the eye

He said, “I don’t know where I’m going and I don’t know where I’ve been.
And there’s one long road that I traveled just to see you again.
I said I don’t know where I’m going, I don’t know where I’ve been.
And it seems I got a little trouble and I need you my friend.”

And then he talked to me, he really talked to me
He said, “I’ve been thinking about all of my drinking.
About all those good things I’ve just let slip away.
First it was a good job and then it was the woman that I loved.
Then it was my car and all the material things.”

And suddenly tears welled up as he did surrender
He cried, “I finally lost the only thing I ever really had.”
He said, “I lost myself in the madness.”

And now I don’t know where I’m going, I don’t know where I’ve been
And it’s one long road that I traveled to see you again
No, I don’t know where I’m going, I don’t know where I’ve been
And it seems I got a little trouble and I need to talk to you again

Oh, it’s in the journey that we see there’s no destination
It’s in the journey that we find our true love
It’s in the journey that we learn we can do it alone, can do it alone
Still gotta dig deep down inside and lose my pride

Well we don’t know where we’re going
We don’t know just where we’ve been
We gotta dig deep down inside
Can’t do it alone
We gotta dig deep down inside

 

The Soldier and the Oak – Elliot Park

Elliot is a completely honest and unassuming storyteller. No ego, no smoke and mirrors. Just melody, harmony and story. Well generally trees don’t make people cry, but this song might be your first.

This is a story that began long, long ago
I was a young oak the in dark Missouri soil
And like all other saplings
I had dreams of growing strong and tall

One day a rebel with a bullet in his chest
Hung his rifle on my limbs and laid to rest
And there beside me as the blood soaked to my roots
The soldier sang, a song of grace

The heavy rifle bowed me over to the ground
Two years I stayed this way until the rifle fell
And in this manner for a hundred years I grew
All my dreams, not meant to be

Then one day two men came with a crosscut saw
They spoke of how my arch would hold a weight so strong
And I feared not the blade for such a worthy cause
And so I fell, I gladly fell

Three winter days aboard a northbound train
Three more beneath a hewer’s careful blade
And while he worked, he praised my rich, red grain
Perhaps it was the soldier’s blood that day

Now I’m the wooden arch that holds a mighty bell
Three stocks before me cracked, but I shall never fail
Up in a tall cathedral high above my dreams of long ago

And on Sunday mornings when I hear that sweet refrain
I see the soldier’s face like it was yesterday
Calling angels down from heaven with that hymn
He softly sang,

Of God’s good grace.

 

Ray Lamontagne – God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise

This song is completely unique in that it’s form isn’t a song form, but a letter. According to Ray Lamontagne himself “it was a letter from a cow-punch back to his gal. He’s writing back to her wondering if he can see her again. Once that revealed itself, the music followed that this time, which is a little different than how it’s been in the past. The music flows like a letter as well. There’s no repeating chorus; it just reads top to bottom. It was an interesting experiment to try”

Caroline,

In the mountains the sun sets up in ribbons so high, it’s like I don’t never wanna get old… don’t ever wanna die. We been seein’ steady rain, ’bout to drive us all insane, nearly lost a few head up in the pines. At night, when some of the boys get to talking up their girls back home, you know I tell ’em there ain’t none as fine as mine. I can hear old Chapman sayin’ come morning we’ll break the range, be pushin’ hard now for the plains.

I close my eyes and I can see you… I close my eyes and I can feel you here. God willin’ an the creek don’t rise, I’ll be home again before this time next year.

Though I fear this fever won’t break…

-All my love

 

Colin Hay – I Don’t Think I’ll Ever Get Over You

Sometimes you have lovers who you forget easy. Sometimes you don’t. Sometimes they stay with you year after year after year….and not matter how much you try, you just can’t get them out of that part of your soul they once were in. This song couldn’t sound any more like the emotion of that situation. This is a song from a seasoned songwriter, Colin Hay….you know the guy from “Men At Work”? The ones who sing…..”I COME FROM THE LAND DOWN UNDAH!” Same guy. He can do a whole lot more than just that. Get a tissue.

I drink good coffee every morning
Comes from a place that’s far away
And when I’m done I feel like talking
Without you here there is less to say

Don’t want you thinking I’m unhappy
What is closer to the truth
If I lived till I was a hundred and two
I just don’t think I’ll ever get over you

No longer moved to drink strong whiskey
I shook the hand of time and I knew
That if I lived till I could no longer climb my stairs
I just don’t think I’ll ever get over you

A face that dances and it haunts me
With laughter still ringin’ in my ears
I still find pieces of your presence here
even, even after all these years

I don’t want you thinkin’ that I don’t get asked to dinner
Cuz I’m here to say that I sometimes do
And even though I may seem to feel a touch of love
I just don’t think I’ll ever get over you

If I lived till I was a hundred and two
I just don’t think I’ll ever get over you

 

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Singer Songwriter Genre

Have you ever wondered what exactly the singer/songwriter genre sounds like specifically? Do you have a band or know and artist and would like to know what genre they belong to?

The genre itself has grown considerably in the past decade but if you’re looking for an example of a few different modern acoustic singer songwriters check out this list: https://www.dylangalvinmusic.com/acoustic-singer-songwriters-you-need-to-hear/

If you’re wanting a more more thorough rundown of genres, this could be quite possibly the best and coolest website for finding a genre on the entire internet. It’s called “Every Noise at Once” and it is an interactive genre map. Use it exactly like a colorwheel – just go the area you are interested in and start clicking on the words. Each word is a genre and will begin playing music from that genre. You can keep playing songs until you get a feel for the way it sounds and move on.  It not only has a ton of artists within the singer songwriter genre but every type of singer songwriter sub-genre:

folk, folk-rock, mellow gold, folk-pop, album rock, indie folk, stomp and holler, indie pop, neo-mellow (this genre you’re probably familiar with neo-mellow, just think Jason Mraz, John Mayer, Colbie Callait, Jack Johnson).

 

CLICK BELOW TO FIND ANY GENRE

 

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Acoustic Singer Songwriters You Need to Hear

So who are some lesser known artists in the “acoustic singer songwriter” genre that you would probably love to hear if you’re a fan of fantastic songwriting, instrumental skills and something that sounds like no one else?  Here are five acoustic singer/songwriters you probably have never heard but need to!

 

RAUL MIDON

Ever heard of acoustic funk flamenco? Well until this guy, me neither. Funk-slap harmonic technique? CHECK. Soaring vocals? CHECK. Mouth trumpet? CHECK. Harmonizing mouth trumpet with single note lines? CHECK. Oh yeah, he’s also blind. Raul was born prematurely and he AND his twin brother both went blind due to being put in an incubator without proper eye protection. Stevie Wonder and Jason Mraz both appear on his 2005 album State of Mind. This is is TV debut on the Letterman show where he actually made the audience applaud mid song with his performance.

 

John Gomm

He can play a walking bass line, melody lines, a backbeat, harmonics and sing over top of it. Not to mention his songs are absolutely from another world. He’s found the perfect balance of technically mesmerizing finger work and true artistic expression. You’ll be drawn in instantly. He’s a disciple of Michael Hedges and even has a tattoo of one of Hedge’s albums on his arm. He covers Radiohead, Chaka Khan and Bob Marley in ways you couldn’t imagine and this original tune is arguably one of his best guitar performances on the internet. Get a diaper ready….seriously.

 

Mario Spinetti

New York native Mario was singing professionally since he was four. His many years have paid off and made him a fantastically emotional singer. He’s quite elusive online and it’s hard to find information on him. I can tell you a few years back I traveled to NY to record backing vocals with a group of fans on one of his albums and every song he writes captures pure passion, the way lyrical dancing does.  He pours operatic influences and has haunting arrangements on many of his songs.

 

Oren Lavie

You may have come across this video at some point already, it went CRAZY viral. You know, the stop motion video of the girl on the bed? Well if not, check it out. Oren is an Israeli born award winning playwright, so I’d imagine that comes in handy when you’re directing your own music video….no wonder it’s so frigging good. He’s got a way of bending rhyme and melodies that you don’t hear from anyone else in the game. His breathy vocals and beautifully chosen chords create a little universe you can peek your head inside for a while and just sigh with enjoyment.

 

City and Colour

This is just one of the most gut wrenchingly beautiful songs I’ve ever heard.  It’s so simple and stripped the chorus just plays every heart string in your chest when you hear it.  Canadian born platinum selling artist Dallas Greene (see how his first name is Dallas, a City? and his last name is Greene , a colour?  See what he did there?).

 

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“Lyrics Matter”